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Stranger Things

TV Review:  Stranger Things

 

About

 

Four young boys in a quiet ordinary town realize how strange Hawkins really is, when one of them goes missing. Will, the more quiet friend of the group is now stuck in what is called “the upside down”. With no idea how to retrieve their missing friend, the boys befriend “Eleven”, an odd young girl with a shaved head who has telekinetic capabilities. The gang must depend on each other in order to save Will, and learn about the secrets deep within Hawkins.  

Review

 

With a sci-fi thriller feel, “Stranger Things” will have viewers wondering what happens next. Add in a bit of dry humor and the beloved personalities of each character, and the series is a hit.

 

Diversity

Only one of the main characters on the show is a minority, but there are a few other less important actors who add to the bit of diversity in the cast.

Incluvie Rating; +2

 

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Pretty Little Liars

TV Review:  Pretty Little Liars

 

About

 

Rosewood’s group of teenage “it” girls are devastated when the group’s leader becomes a missing person, and presumed to be dead. However, after the funeral the group starts to receive threats and becomes blackmailed by the mysterious, “A”. With more plot twist and drama than you could imagine in a teenager’s life, these girls must pair the growing pains of adolescence with the paranoia of having an all knowing stalker. The gang must pretend to lead an ordinary life while trying to figure out once and for all, who the “A” that has been making their lives miserable is.

 

Review

 

If teenage drama and cliff hangers are your niche, then you will love this series. Nothing is at seems, and can be unpredictable with every single episode. Though the cast is playing high school students, this show is on the more mature side, so it is not meant for family.

 

Diversity

 

There is barely much diversity in the leading cast , although there are few minorities that make several appearances in each episode. This show is not the best for representation.

Incluvie Rating; +1

 

TV Review: The Flash

V Review: The Flash

 

About

 

Barry Allen is the fastest man alive, who is now dedicated to protecting the city and people he loves. Barry was struck by lightning, giving him super human strength, healing abilities, and most importantly insane speed. The series is about DC comic’s beloved hero, The Flash and how he fights villains while simultaneously maintaining a normal identity as CSI agent Barry Allen.

 

Review

Anyone who enjoys superheroes or is a fan of the DC universe would love this show. A change from overly childish superhero shows, but still light hearted, this series is easy to become a fan of. Most people fall in love with the main character Barry Allen, because of his boy next door persona.

 

Diversity

On this show there is a representation of everyone. With a mixture of all races in the leading cast, and also within characters who make several appearances. The Flash shows representation of many different people, and is a refreshing change from regular castings.

Incluvie Rating; +5

 

TV Review: Dear White People

About

 

Dear White People follows the lives of young African-American college students navigating their way through a predominantly white Ivy League school. The series is a spin off from the motion film of the same title. The main character is Sam, a bi-racial young woman who identifies more with her African-American culture, than white. The series sheds light on many social issues, and how minorities operate in a world challenges their existence.

 

Review

If people use humor is a coping method for dealing with tough issues, then this show would be enjoyable for them. The show has light hearted moments to outweigh the heavier issues discussed, and of course romantic relationships are discussed. Overall this is a show that would be better appreciated by a more liberal and young audience.

Diversity

Most of the cast on the show is African-American, with a few Caucasian cast members who have semi significant roles. However, minorities of other races do not have a heavy rotation on the show, so some may not see it as inclusive.

Incluvie Rating; +4

Tomb Raider (2018)

Name:  Steven Camara

Team:  Team Mélange

Movie or TV Show:  Tomb Raider (2018)

Genre:  Action

Short description of the series:

This movie was about the leadership development of a college age female student who is the daughter of a wealthy archaeological explorer who is presumed dead.  The plot develops the character into a heroine that becomes the savior of her father and slaves that have been forced to labor for a shadow organization in the quest for archeological finds that possess occult power.  The organization is called Trinity and has the intent to use occult power to further their evil gains.  Lara’s father is trying to keep this global organization from becoming further empowered.  Lara embraces her mission and develops into a savior of her lost father, the ethnically diverse indentured servants, and the tool of disruption against Trinity’s evil quest.

Review:

            This movie was inspiring because it highlighted a young woman’s journey to find the bravery within her and become the heroine dying to get out of her station in life.  The great thing about this film is that daughter becomes savior of her own father, who is loaded with machismo by character design.  The setting and supporting cast were multi-ethnic and the film had them speak in their native tongues and provide English subtitles for the viewing public.  The slaves held under threat of force become part of Lara’s rebellion and overthrow their masters in that partnership.

Rating:  +4; because gender bias stereotypes got turned on its head and ethnic minorities were represented within parameters of their own cultural norms of expression.

Dirty Harry

Name:  Steven Camara

Team:  Team Mélange

Movie or TV Show:  Dirty Harry

Genre:  Action

Short description of the series:

This movie was made in 1971 and is about a San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) inspector played by Clint Eastwood who is nicknamed Dirty Harry because he gets assigned every dirty job in the department with the organizational expectation to clean it up.  The anti-hero is based on the actual Zodiac Killer and is incorporated into the movie plat with this character being named Scorpio.   The underlying theme of the plot insinuates fighting fire with fire with a borderline vigilante cop versus a serial killer.

Review:

            This movie sparked my curiosity after previously reviewing a bigot based T.V. series named All in the Family.  I was curious as to what was considered popular entertainment back in the 1970’s within the film industry.  Within the first twenty-five minutes of the film, every racial slur was spoken by supporting characters.  It was touted that Harry doesn’t discriminate, because he hates them all.  The most disturbing aspect about this film is that this popular film character was billed as a hero for the era.  Dirty Harry portrays every aspect of a police officer that could spark a movement like Black Lives Matter.  The good news is that I think the film industry would never make a film that uses such racially discriminatory language today, about fifty years later.  I don’t know if that is progress enough.

Rating:  -1; because of predominance of racial slurs and a spirit in the film which gives a diversity in film advocate no place to start in making the film acceptable.

Ocean’s Eight – Tri Pham (team SHE.O)

Rating +2

About film:

As a part of the Ocean’s 11 movie with all the famous actors, Ocean’s 8 giving the audience the main cast of the face. female. Around Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), daughter of Danny Ocean, after the release of her sentence, Debbie and her friend / partner Lou (Cate Blanchett) begin the process of “hiring”, planning to steal. Toussaint necklace from Cartier fad, worth $ 150 million from the gala is like fashion Oscar – Met Gala.

The content of the movie does not feature very much except a few plot-twist-enough unexpected. The movie revolves around a group of plagiarism robberies that were a bit old and Ocean’s 8 in general have nothing compared to the same topic, even films (Now You See Mee term) is more creative. Ocean’s 8 is a bit poor in content, but there’s something special about Ocean’s 8: The movie is not for men.

Funny and charming, the film has a very real way of conveying the characters and every woman who goes out to see them seems to have something of their own in the characters on screen. Debbie is clever, Lou is masculine (she is so cool!), Mindy “long” because there is no time for dating, Tammy – a typical housewife mother but possessed past rebellion …

Each person in bandits represents a type of female personality, very diverse but not too strange. Among them, Debbie Ocean and Daphne Kluger, played by Anne Hathaway, represent and are an understatement for women who despise women. Especially Daphne – the character that makes the audience think it is beautiful but not the brain, but in fact the opposite. She has a very sassy way of talking and never let anyone climb her head, but still retain the feminine.

Note on diversity:

All the beautiful and most desirable of any fashionable girl is shown in the movie. There are scenes where you just look at the frame is enough to hold the breath and sometimes will not be repaired, but oh oh, like a lot of spectators in the theater when I go to see. Ocean’s 8 brought the fashion in the film to a level that may be long enough to have another movie hit. This is a clever step by Ocean’s 8, if you can not convey the content is excellent, then do the impeccable image.

The music of the film is also a bright spot. Using so many sounding music to match each scene in the film that made the film not only eyes but also ears. The audiovisual part of the film is almost perfect. Turn your eyelids into movies that own a tremendous amount of awesome cameo of many famous faces it! Those who love fashion, this is simply a movie-must-see.